MLCreations Photography: Blog en-us (C) MLCreations Photography (MLCreations Photography) Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:37:00 GMT Sun, 15 Apr 2018 09:37:00 GMT MLCreations Photography: Blog 120 120 All a Glow... again. Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Two weeks!  In two weeks I'll be back home!  Spring at Walt Disney World, for me, is the International Flower & Garden Festival at Epcot.  I'll be visiting all the parks, but I will probably end up most at Epcot.  There is so much to see and photograph inside Epcot and the festival only increases my photographic opportunities.

I thought it would be interesting to look back at all I have captured in the past six years since I started considering myself a photographer.  I came across this great image of Cinderella Castle from September 2012.  I decided to reprocess this image using some new techniques as well as programs.  I think the original was a little "hot" with the blues and I wanted to try to tone it down a little.

All a Glow...All a Glow...Nikon D5100, Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4, 1/5s, 17mm, f/5, ISO 1600

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Reach For It Oil Can Project - OCP11

Reach For ItReach For ItOlympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 14mm, f/11, ISO 200

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Guarding the Temple Hollywood Studios, Walt Disney World

Guarding the TempleGuarding the TempleOlympus OM_D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 6s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Half Pint Oil Can Project - OCP10

This project had stalled slightly.  I believe the last post was at the end of February.  It was a lack of motivation more a lack of discovery.  I hadn't been able to find additional, unique oil cans to add to my collection.  To be fair, I haven't searched all that much as other things in life have needed attention, but that is a minor excuse. 

Well, I corrected that on Sunday.  Rather than drive out to Costco to look for stuff I didn't really need I thought it would be good to explore some antique stores.  I checked Google Maps and found a few unexplored stores to the East of me and plotted a mini trip.  If I started with one of my first store in Barneveld I could travel down Route 28 stopping in Newport and Mohawk.  The adventure was set!

Off to Foothills Merchantile (Facebook link) in Barneveld.  I hadn't been there in quite a while and surprisingly, a lot had changed.  Some familiar old displays with new stuff and an entire section of the store that looked to remodeled.  It was a good start and I walked away with a new oil can and a set of Dragon Double 6 dominoes for my Game Pieces project.  Striking oil on the first stop was a great sign.

The next stop on my hunt was the Newport Marketplace (Facebook link) in Newport (I know, a little obvious).  This store was very deceptive.  From the outside it did not look that big but once inside, I didn't know where to start and if I needed to leave a breadcrumb trail back to the front door.  There was a good mix between crafts, antiques and commercial items.  I walked away with another oil can.  I spotted quite a few lanterns as well but damn, they are expensive.  I will have to think about those some more.

The last stop on my Route 28 tour was the Mohawk Antiques Mall (yes, in Mohawk, NY).  What a great place.  It was huge!  Even though I walked all through this place I know I only truly saw about a third of the stuff in there.  Great collection of items too!  Definitely going to have to make another trip out.  I also know of a couple more store out in Little Falls which I can add to this Sunday tour.  By the way, at this store I walked away with three more oil cans!  Now I have some photography to do...  LOL!

Here is the a little 1/2 pint oil can I found at the Mohawk Antique Mall.  Actually, it was the first thing I picked up.  Luckily I could only carry so much or I would have walked away a little more broke.

1/2 Pint1/2 PintOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 32mm, f/11, ISO 200

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Still Waiting Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

I'm still waiting for Spring to arrive!  Snow is on the ground and the temps should top out at 33F today.  Great!  :)

Still WaitingStill WaitingOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/4-5.6 R, 1/3200, 100mm, f/5, ISO 400

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Wildlife Endeavours Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

Wildlife EndeavoursWildlife EndeavoursOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {0.6, 1.3, 6, 15 & 30s bracket}, 12mm, f/11, ISO 400

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Sliding Through Union Station, Utica, NY

The warming temperatures of Spring always bring the muddy browns to any landscape photography efforts until the green starts to fight its way to the surface.  This always has me trying to be a little more creative with my sunrise/sunset images.  Saturday morning I thought I would try the train station down in Utica.  I was lucky! 

A couple of freight trains passed through the station while I was there.  They provided some interesting opportunities.  This East bound train came into the station as I was on the walkway above the tracks.  It is always difficult photographing through a window and doubly so when shooting toward the rising sun.  I loved the fact I was able to capture the locomotives slightly blurred as they slowly rolled through the station.

Sliding ThroughSliding ThroughOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40m f/2.8, 1/4s, 16mm, f/11, ISO 200

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Backstory Fantasyland, Magic Kingdom, Walt Disney World

BackstoryBackstoryOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 23mm, f/11, ISO 400

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Setting the Barge Barge Canal near Rome, NY

This is the image I went out on Sunday evening to capture.  I think the view of Bellamy Park looking East turned out better but this is the view I anticipated that got me off my butt and off the couch.  There is another bridge support pylon on the opposite side of the canal.  I think I should try looking down the canal from that side.  I'm sure it would change the whole scene.  Also, I seem to be in a sunset/sunrise mood lately.  There appears to be a theme running through my latest posts...

Setting the BargeSetting the BargeOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/40s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Bench Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

BenchBenchOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/125s, 12mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Twilight Bellamy Harbor Park

I ran out last night to catch the sunset.  I had a few thoughts of places that might be interesting but they failed me.  I ended up at Bellamy Harbor Park with the thought of capturing the setting sun aligned with the Barge Canal.  Looking West from the park along the canal you can see a steel structure bridge (South James Street) and there was a mixture of ice and open water.  I thought would be interesting.  I think I managed to capture a few good images.  Of course, you should always check out your surroundings as you photograph...

This was the view behind me as I was attempting to capture the setting sun.  So as you look this image over imagine me running back and forth between the edge of the canal where the Mohawk River enters and the support pylon under Erie Boulevard bridge trying to get both the sunset and the twilight colors reflected in the clouds in the East.  I got a little exercise in last evening...

TwilightTwilightOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.6s, 19mm, f/22, ISO 100

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Harambe Lights Africa, Animal Kingdom, Walt Disney World

If it hasn't become obvious maybe I should explain that I am on the downward slide toward next trip to Disney.  Only 35 more days!  As typically happens with me, there is an increase in postings of my Disney images.  I like reviewing what I have done on previous trips and try to plan a little of what I would like to capture while I am back home!  So I guess I should apologize now for the content during the next five weeks!  LOL

I have captured this view in the Africa area of the park numerous times.  This is from the bridge over the Discovery River as you enter the African village of Harambe.  This is looking toward the Harambe port.  Normally I am photographing this at sunrise, or early morning, and have not been able to capture a good sunset image.  I originally planned this as an HDR image, capturing a four bracket set, but the software had issues with the bright sky behind the trees.  It was creating some off color artifacts that I did not want to deal with.  Upon closer review of -1 exposure image I felt there was plenty of detail in both the highlights and shadows for me to work with.  

I have been using the new, to PC anyway, Luminar program from Skylum Software to post-process my images.  It has allowed me at lot more creative control and helped me improve the look of my images.  If you are looking for a relatively inexpensive program to process your images, I would highly recommend Luminar.  There is a lot of tutorials online and a growing amount of presets available for this program.  Definitely worth a look...

Harambe LightsHarambe LightsOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 2.5s, 23mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Tangierine Cafe Morocco, World Showcase, Epcot

Tangierine CafeTangierine CafeOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 10s, 12mm, f/11, ISO 800

]]> (MLCreations Photography) epcot night photography walt disney world Fri, 23 Mar 2018 08:37:53 GMT
Rising Lighthouse Crescent Lake, Walt Disney World

When I go to Walt Disney World it is not always about the theme parks.  There are amazing areas throughout the property and some of the best theming occurs at the resorts.  The first time I stayed at the Beach Club I fell in love with the Crescent Lake area.  To this day I can still find enjoyment exploring around the lake.  A particular favorite subject of my photography is the Yacht Club lighthouse.  I can always capture a beautiful sunrise or sunset that includes this iconic structure.  This is one of those sunrises...

Rising LighthouseRising LighthouseOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, {1/10, 1/20 & 1/40s bracket}, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Open Water Bellamy Harbor Park, Rome, NY

Open WaterOpen WaterOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 18mm, f/16, ISO 200

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Beach Ending Delta Lake State Park

After a week of not finding the time or the conditions didn't lend themselves or blah, blah blah...  I made it back out for some sunset images.  I returned to my favorite state park, OK, maybe it is my favorite because it is 5 minutes away, but anyway, I got outside with the camera.  There was some nice cloud cover but it was moving in fast.  It became a race between the sun and the clouds.  The clouds won by a narrow margin but I still was able to get a few images before they obscured the sunset.

Beach EndingBeach EndingOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/160s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 200

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The Fallen Delta Lake State Park

The FallenThe FallenOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/1250s, f/11, ISO 200

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Snippets Walt Disney World

Not every image needs to be grand.  Not every image needs to tell the whole story.  Sometimes, only a snippet of an image is needed to wake the mind and have it fill in the rest of the story.  Sometimes, those images are the ones remembered as best...

Exterior SpaceExterior SpaceOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/250s, 20mm, f/16, ISO 200 Dark MountainDark MountainOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 1/320s, 21mm, f/16, ISO 400 Abstract ImaginationAbstract ImaginationOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8, 0.4s, 24mm, f/5.6, ISO 400

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Delta Wide Monochrome Winter
Delta Lake State Park

I haven't processed all the images I captured last Saturday while I was snowshoeing around Delta Lake State Park.  So this morning I figured I should make an effort to do a few.  Next to the beach area there is a small pond sandwiched in between the trails.  The volume of water generally rises and falls with the level in the lake.  With the clouds in the sky, the sun trying to poke its way through to my right and the frozen water I wanted to capture the entire scene from one of the ends of this area.  I don't have a super-wide lens but I do know how to capture images for a panorama.  This image is a 10 shot panorama.

Delta WideDelta WideOlympus OM-D E-M1, M. Zuiko 25mm f/1.8, 1/800s, f/11, ISO 200 (10 shot pan)

]]> (MLCreations Photography) monochrome monochrome winter panoramic photography state park Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:19:42 GMT
Griffith Park and the Observatory Griffith Park and Observatory, Los Angeles, CA

It has taken about a week but I finally made it around to working on the remaining pictures from my adventure to the Griffith Observatory.  We will have to see how I do after I add the pictures to this post.  You will either end up with some great narrative associated with each picture or a picture adventure full of silence...

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